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Hannah Montana star will sing at Six Flags

He’s no Miley Cyrus, but Mitchel Musso who plays Oliver on Hannah Montana is headlining Kids Fest at Six Flags over Georgia this weekend. The two day event features concerts and special activities for kids. Musso, who recently released a self-titled album, is performing live in concert Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Southern Star Amphitheater. The concert is free with park admission or a season pass. Doors open one hour prior to show time and seating is first-come, first-served. For more information on Kids Fest at Six Flags over Georgia call 770-739-3440 or visit  – NEDRA RHONE

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Live Music Picks July 31-Aug. 6

Grupo Fantasma. Photo: Crawford Morgan

Grupo Fantasma. Photo: Crawford Morgan


Grupo Fantasma

This big band of joyous noisemakers from Austin, Texas, treats showgoers to unforgettable performances with a rootsy, horn-driven mix of Latin, rock and reggae styles. The novel approach and monstrous bag of tricks never overshadow the booty-shaking intent of it all. The sprawling combo’s latest album, “Sonidos Gold,” was nominated for a Grammy in the best Latin rock or alternative album category.

8:30 p.m. July 31. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354,


Green Day

More than a decade after taking punk into the mainstream, Green Day scored a Grammy for best rock album with 2005’s “American Idiot.” It became the band’s biggest success since its 1994 breakout “Dookie,”

which sold more than 10 million copies. The trio followed that Grammy winner with this year’s similarly ambitious “21st Century Breakdown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in May.

7:30 p.m. …

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Dierks Bentley to play free Tabernacle show

Dierks Bentley. Photo courtesy the Greenroom PR.

In one of his many No. 1 country hits, Dierks Bentley sang about being free and easy. Now he’s making good on the free part. It’s pretty easy, too.

Phoenix native Bentley will play at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta on Aug. 18. The show is part of Third Annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush series of shows taking place in nine cities around the country through mid-September.

Just go to the Samsung AT&T Summer Krush site and register to get your tickets. They’ll also be giving away tickets on radio station Kicks 101.5 in the days leading up to the show.

One of the most consistent country hitmakers to emerge this decade, Bentley released a greatest hits package, “Every Mile a Memory 2003-2008, ” after only three major label studio albums. That best-of set includes five No. 1 hits, but he’s recently added Nos. 6 and 7 to his résumé with the title track from the Feb. 3 release “Feel That Fire” and, most recently, “Sideways.”

And since …

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Colorblind hip-hop

Rhymes about Teddy Ruxpin dolls, sitcom dad Bob Saget and egging houses? That’s the suburban milieu that inspires Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Asher Roth, who plays the Tabernacle Aug. 2. Roth has taken some heat from critics for co-opting a predominantly African-American artform, but AJC freelance writer David Peisner defends the artist in an article appearing in the Living & Arts section this coming Sunday.

Says Peisner: “What do Roth’s tales of suburbia tell us? That despite the manicured lawns and better-performing schools, the totems exalted by suburban layabouts — namely, sex, drugs, video games and Barack Obama — aren’t much different from those of their urban counterparts. While this fact can be gratifying proof of the universality of youth, it’s also an indicator of hip-hop’s reach into the suburbs. According to various studies, somewhere between 60 percent and 80 percent of people who buy hip-hop albums are white, and that has been the case since at least the …

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Colorblind country music

“If you have the songs people want to hear, it doesn’t matter what color you are.”

That’s what Darius Rucker told AJC freelance writer James Kelly for a story that runs in Go Guide Friday.

When asked about comparisons to African-American country singer Charley Pride, the former lead singer of  Hootie and the Blowfish who is now pursuing a solo career in country music, said: “There is a world of difference between what was happening when Charley Pride was coming up and now.”

Kelly notes that Rucker’s 2008 single “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” was the first No. 1 country song for an African-American artist since Pride’s 1983 hit “Night Games.”

Rucker performs Friday at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Rascal Flatts is also on the bill.

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Hot tickets 7/28

Insane Clown Posse

Insane Clown Posse

LN = Live Nation, 1-877-598-8698,
TM = Ticketmaster, 404-249-6400,
TA = Ticketalternative, 1-877-725-8849,

The Walkmen with Here We Go Magic and Today the Moon, Tomorrow the Sun. 8 p.m. Sept. 25. Variety Playhouse. $15. TM.
Os Mutantes. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 advance. TM.
Family Force 5 with Breathe Carolina, Cash Cash, Queens Club and Irival. 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Center Stage. $15; $13 advance. TM.
All Time Low with We the Kings, Hey Monday and The Friday Night Boys. 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The Tabernacle. $20. LN.
Insane Clown Posse (pictured above). 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Masquerade. $28. TM.

Fran Healey (of Travis). 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The Loft. $20. TA.
Hollywood Undead and Atreyu. 7 p.m. Oct. 24. The Tabernacle. $28; $25 advance. LN.

Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Green Thumb. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 19. Philips Arena. $17-$40. TM.


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StarFest Concert Features Jason Mraz Monday night

Jason Mraz sings "I'm Yours" at StarFest

Jason Mraz sings

Star94 hosted its annual StarFest radio concert Monday night, July 27, 2009, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. The show featured Jason Mraz, G. Love & Special Sauce, Plain White T’s and Bushwalla. See photos from the show here. The near sellout crowd had fans of all ages, and everyone seemed to love the show. How did this year’s concert compare to previous years?  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.  by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen

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Hot tickets 7/21

LN = Live Nation, 1-877-598-8698,
TM = Ticketmaster, 404-249-6400,
TA = Ticketalternative, 1-877-725-8849,

The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman. 8 p.m. Sept. 5. Variety Playhouse. $35. TM.
Living Colour. 8 p.m. Sept. 14. The Loft. $25; $23 advance. TA.
Mike Gordon. 8 p.m. Sept.17. Variety Playhouse. $20. TM.
Yo La Tengo. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 19. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 advance. TM.
Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers and Carbon Leaf. 8 p.m. Oct. 3. The Loft. $20; $18 advance. TA.

Third Day

Third Day

Third Day (pictured). 5 p.m. Oct. 10. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. $31-$76; $21 lawn. TM.
Will Hoge. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The Loft. $12. TA.
The Tragically Hip. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 advance. TM.

So You Think You Can Dance. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. The Arena at Gwinnett Center. $38.50-$56. TM.
Hanson and Hello Goodbye. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28. The Tabernacle. $25. …

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Live Music Picks / July 17-22

Photo: Todd Purifoy

Todd Snider, Holly Golightly

Nashville’s Snider (at left) can be snarky and snide, but he’s also witty, observant and even poignant. Of his latest album, “The Excitement Plan,” Rolling Stone writes that “[his] compressed story-songs are so vivid and knowing that they seem completely plausible, even the one … voiced by a piece of discarded junk mail that dreams of being a tree again.” Now a Georgia resident, British musician Golightly’s career began with all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees in 1991, before striking out on her own in 1995. Her gritty, primitive rock aesthetic comes across like a mix of old acoustic country blues, early R&B, pre-British Invasion rock and rustic folk.
8 p.m. July 17. $22-$36.75. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

The Spinners
The Spinners were one of the biggest R&B vocal groups of the ’70s, with hits such as “Rubberband Man” and the No. 1 single “Then Came You,” which paired the band with …

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